Like many of you, we at Word & Deed are deeply troubled by recent events in Afghanistan. We have received a number of inquiries about whether we can assist in the situation there. While we are investigating some possible avenues of involvement, at the present time we have not succeeded in identifying a reliable and secure way of providing help in that region. More information will be shared as it becomes available. In the interim, please join us in fervent prayer for the people of Afghanistan, especially the small but growing Christian church and the many women and girls who are particularly vulnerable to violence from the Taliban.
"The Lord also will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble.” Psalm 9:9.

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Colombia is a country that struggles with violence and corruption initiated by drug cartels, the FARC (a Marxist rebel group), and other paramilitary groups. Faced with the prospect of being caught in the violence or of having their teenage children forced to join one of these groups, fleeing IDPs (internally displaced people) are settling around the major cities of Colombia. Although the Colombian President, Juan Manuel Santos, secured a peace deal with the FARC in August 2016, the millions of people who fled from the FARC and other forms of violence remain displaced. In IDP zones, the effects of sin are often magnified. Many fathers abandon or abuse their families, mothers cling to the next man that comes along (often for safety), and children join gangs. It is in these impoverished and broken IDP areas that our partner Corporacion Dios es Amor (CDA) is operating.  Christian schools filled with sponsor children are integrated with school health programs, microloans projects, and many other supporting projects with the intention of transforming entire families and through them, entire communities. Since the golden thread of the Gospel runs through each of these projects, many also come to know Christ as their Lord and Savior. Over the years, CDA projects in Colombia have shifted from “Rescue Operations” to projects that are more focused on development. This development shows CDA’s long-term approach to ministry, and it is serving them well as they continue to experience acceptance from the community. Even in the darkest areas, the bright light of God’s amazing grace is at work.  

Indonesia boasts a tropical climate rich in biodiversity and abundant natural resources. Yet, there is widespread poverty throughout the estimated population of 252 million people. Leaders recognized that many poor families could not afford to provide for their children's basic needs or with basic education. Paganism, polygamy and a low view of women and children are all contributing factors. In order to reach out to these children, Word & Deed is partnering with Children of Light.

South Africa is one of the most developed countries in sub-Saharan Africa. It enjoys a great measure of economic and political prosperity. Yet, in the midst of much apparent well-being, South Africa is a land of stark contrasts. Extreme wealth exists alongside extreme poverty. While the rich seem to be getting richer, the poor seem unable to shake loose the shackles of their poverty. One of the things that ominously threatens to destroy South Africa’s relative stability is HIV/AIDS. This destructive disease has reached epidemic proportions, particularly among the poverty stricken classes of the population and it carries many ramifications into all areas of life. 

Word & Deed projects in Nicaragua began in response to Hurricane Felix, a category 5 storm, in the fall of 2007. Thousands of homes were destroyed, miles of forest land and crops were devastated, water wells were contaminated and the fishing industry was drastically changed. Initially, Word & Deed sent funds to support the relief efforts of clearing debris, rebuilding homes and cleansing wells. Now that the relief phase is complete, Word & Deed is continuing to partner with Palabra y Hecho de Nicaragua (Word & Deed Nicaragua) to further develop the very poor Miskito communities in northeastern Nicaragua.

Malawi is a beautiful country – rolling hills, brilliant sky and sparkling lakes; but, as is so often the case in the developing world, this beauty is only skin deep. Millions of orphans have lost one or both parents to the HIV/AIDS virus and many other are abandoned. Polygamy, unconcerned fathers, witchcraft and prostitution have all left their mark on this country. Word & Deed partners with various organizations to support orphan care, church leadership training, safe homes and youth development projects.

Guatemala is an incredibly diverse country in terms of climate, terrain and people. There are 23 different language groups. Climate conditions range from steamy hot coastal weather to frigid cold mountain weather where temperatures regularly drop below the freezing mark. Like many Latin American countries, it is also a country marked by violence. The presence of ruthless drug cartels has led to extortion, corruption, kidnapping and many violent deaths in this country. Poverty is high, especially among the rural, indigenous population. With about 50% of the population being rural and about 40% being indigenous, poverty reaches far and wide. Word & Deed is partnering with AMG Guatemala to support Christian education and a rural hospital here.

Ecuador’s often stunning scenery stands in stark contrast to the physical, emotional and spiritual landscape of many homes in Ecuador. Although urban centers are more characterized by wealth, poverty is still rampant, especially among rural, indigenous people groups. Children often live in unimaginable conditions and are at high risk for physical and sexual abuse. In some situations, one or both of their parents are in jail for drug trafficking or other crimes. 

Word & Deed's involvement with this poverty-stricken country began in the wake of the disastrous earthquake that shook Haiti in January 2010, in partnership with CDIA (now Adoration Christian Centre), Word & Deed supported a food distribution campaign, as well as the building of a temporary relief station, which was meant to serve as a medical clinic, school building, church building, soup kitchen, water treatment center and as a residence for the staff of the center. Since then housing projects have repaired 200 damaged homes and have provided new homes for 50 members of the Adoration community.

In the meantime, Word & Deed's relationship with the Adoration Christian Centre has grown. The organization is now part of the Word & Deed family of projects, and together we are bringing Christian education through the Adoration Christian School, basic medical care, relief and the hope of eternal life through the Gospel to the families we are ministering to in Haiti while moving them to ever greater self-sustainability.

Randy and Karen Lodder having been serving in Port-au-Prince since 2007, as the directors, alongside a local board. Click here to view the Adoration website.

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